Police have found skeletal remains in car found submerged in Nelson harbour and say they are "confident" it belongs to Leo Lipp-Neighbours.
Nelson Bays Area Commander, Inspector Mat Arnold-Kelly, said police had examined the car, which was removed from Wakefield Quay yesterday, and found "what are believed to be skeletal remains" inside it.
"While police are confident it is the car belonging to missing Nelson man Leo Lipp-Neighbours, inquiries are being made to confirm this," he said
Mr Lipp-Neighbours went missing in 2010.
He was last seen leaving a friend's house on 24 January, driving his bright orange Toyota Corolla station wagon.
Formally identifying the human remains would take time and police were liaising with Mr Lipp-Neighbours' family to "update them with developments", Mr Arnold-Kelly said.
Investigators would look into how the vehicle ended up in the water.